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Madonna Once Called Whitney Houston "Horribly Mediocre" in a Leaked Letter

The note is just one of the personal items that she's trying to block a New York auction house from selling.

by Lauren O'Neill
Jul 19 2017, 1:34pm

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Madonna is not having the best luck this year: first, Universal announced a movie about her life was announced without any input from her, and now former friend and colleague Darlene Lutz is trying to have some of her personal items auctioned off via New York's Gotta Have It Collectibles auction house without her permission.

Reuters reports that amongst the items are underwear (come on man, gross), photographs, and two letters. The first is the break-up note sent from Tupac to Madonna in 1995 while he was in prison for sexual assault, in which he told her that he could not date her because she is white: "I felt due to my 'image' I would be letting down half of the people who made me what I thought I was. I never meant to hurt you," he wrote.

And the second... well. The second is a letter from the early 1990's, which sees Madonna bemoaning the fact that her music and film careers were not as successful as Whitney Houston's and Sharon Stone's respectively: "Not because I want to be these women—because I'd rather die, but they're so horribly mediocre and they're always being held up as paragons of virtue, some sort of measuring stick to humiliate me." Damn.

Other than the enormous invasion of privacy, however, the second letter is also an indicator that even huge stars like Madonna aren't immune to feeling inferior because of the comparisons between women that are consistently made in a society pulled about by the patriarchy. She has, quite rightly, filed a request for a restraining order against the auction house in the New York Supreme Court to stop the sale, writing that Darlene Lutz "betrayed my trust in an outrageous effort to obtain my possessions without my knowledge or consent."

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